We are a Humanist group for residents of the Guildford & Woking boroughs of Surrey (of course people from beyond are welcome too!) We provide a friendly place to meet, discuss interesting topics, hear from invited speakers and socialise with other humanists. For those who want to find out more about humanism, we can also provide speakers for local schools and groups.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 12th February at 7.30pm

Title        ‘Malthus was Wrong: we can solve the problem of world population growth’

Speaker  David Hepper

David is a computer scientist with a biology degree, working part-time for the British Dragonfly Society, maintaining their scientific records, and part-time for Population Matters, the charity and think-tank supported by those concerned about world population growth. In this talk he will show that population concerns fits well with Humanism but the threats from those wanting to bring on the Apocalypse or breed a Socialist utopia are equally clear. We now have the tools to steer world population to a sustainable future without frying the planet, thus avoiding the ‘Malthusian Catastrophe’. But do we have the collective will to use them?

Where:    The Guildford Institute in Ward Street, Guildford, GU1 4LH.

Tuesday, 12th March at 7.30pm

Title        “Secularism, freedom and democracy”

Speaker   Stephen Evans

Steven Evans was formerly campaigns manager and is now chief executive of the National Secular Society. What makes some rabbis, some bishops and Richard Dawkins unite in support of secularism? What is secularism and why is it important for freedom and democracy throughout the world?


Where:    The Guildford Institute in Ward Street, Guildford, GU1 4LH.

Tuesday, 9th April at 7.30pm

Title        Marriage, from ancient to modern 

Speaker   Dr John Nichols


John will cover three main areas: History of marriage and religion; Modern marriage, parenthood and fertility; Civil partnerships, registry office weddings & humanist weddings update. He graduated from Liverpool Medical School in 1967 and has spent 42 years as a Guildford GP. He has done research in numerous areas, from measles immunity to folic acid.  Although he retired from general practice three years ago, he is still involved in research and is a visiting research fellow at the University of Surrey.


Where:    The Guildford Institute in Ward Street, Guildford, GU1 4LH.

What is a humanist?

A humanist is someone who:

  • trusts to the scientific method when it comes to understanding how the universe works and rejects the idea of the supernatural (and is therefore an atheist or agnostic)
  • makes their ethical decisions based on reason, empathy, and a concern for human beings and other sentient animals
  • believes that, in the absence of an afterlife and any discernible purpose to the universe, human beings can act to give their own lives meaning by seeking happiness in this life and helping others to do the same.

(British Humanist Association, “Defining Humanism“)

“Believing that it is possible to live confidently without metaphysical or religious certainty and that all opinions are open to revision and correction, [Humanists] see human flourishing as dependent on open communication, discussion, criticism and unforced consensus.”
– Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy —

You don’t have to identify yourself as a Humanist to come along to one of our meetings, you only need an open and inquisitive mind. We hope to see you soon.